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Another beautiful week in the startup world. Here are some tools! And articles! 

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May 13 · Issue #22 · View online
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Another beautiful week in the startup world. Here are some tools! And articles! 

Tool of the week
PureChat - This is what I’m using for the chat box on, and it’s just really well executed and well designed. Also they just added a huge new feature that lets customers see who’s on their site in real time and start chats with those people. Definitely worth checking out if you are in the market to add live chat to your site, which helps trust and conversion. I also love that it is free until you get up to 15 chats per month, so you can test it out easily and use it for free for a while if your startup is new and growing. 
Some tools from this week
Algolia - If you are looking to build a search function into your site, Algolia is a nice solution, with a hosted search API that delivers instant and relevant results from the first keystroke.
Drift - As nice as Intercom for a chat box on your site, but a lot cheaper. Integrates with Slack too. 
OptinMonster - Very nice popup manager, and what I use on, and they just had a ton of improvements: Yes / No Popups, A brand new Success view, Real-time Behavior Detection, Dynamic Display Rules, Ability to Create Follow Up Campaigns, Ability to do Onsite Retargeting, Content Locker, Dynamic Text Replacement, New Design Templates
EquityOwl -  EquityOwl allows bootstrapped startups to trade equity for professional services and talent. It’s a completely free platform that aims to help entrepreneurs succeed. Limited funding shouldn’t kill an amazing idea. No Cash. No Salaries. Just Equity.
Equity Directory - Looking to hire for equity? Willing to work at a Startup for equity? Equity Directory is the first and only employment connection site that focuses on working for equity. (And don’t worry about starving, companies who hire via Equity Directory can pay you a salary plus equity, so it’s not always working for only equity.)
Calendly - A really nice meeting planner that links with your Google Calendar. I have seen and used a lot of these while trying to schedule calls and interviews and whatnot, and Calendly is definitely the nicest.
Virtual Staff Finder - Virtual Staff Finder is a match making service that handles the legwork of finding a great VA overseas, by connecting you with qualified workers in the Philippines who have both the assistant and language skills to handle the work you send them.
Tapfiliate - One of my plans to grow my businesses this year is an affiliate program, and Tapfiliate is what I plan to use because it’s the nicest designed affiliate system, and they’re really flexible with the setup and helpful with installation.
Carrd - An awesome one page builder that is so easy that my not-super-savvy 60 year old father in law was able to make a page for his site with no problems. Start building your site without creating an account.  By the same guy who made the Pixelarity templates that I am so fond of.

Tools suggested from the Audience - Free monitoring of the companies and products you care about. MarketSpace scans news, app updates, social posts, videos and more to deliver customized results via RSS, email digest, web-app, Google Sheets and team messaging services like Slack. Teams use MarketSpace to stay on top of their competition, clients, sales prospects, partners and portfolios. Users can upgrade for deeper scans, website change monitoring and custom APIs.
Boardview - is a marketing tool that helps marketers connect strategy to execution and align the business from boardroom to scrum board. Boardview connects the short-term sprints with the long-term strategy in a visual way. - Gridle is a Productivity Platform that brings team collaboration & unified communications into one place, with features like project & task management, file sharing, chat, audio & video conferencing, status reporting, analytics, integration with 3rd party tools and a personal assistant bot.
Wizdee - Wizdee allows you to analyse your business data just by speaking or typing queries in a search box using everyday language.
Discounts for our Audience - An awesome dashboard system that integrates with a ton of APIs in order to keep track of all your business metrics.  Use the coupon code ‘startupresources’ for 100% off any premium plan for 60 days.
Ambassador - If you’re looking for a high end referral program for your startup, check out Ambassador. It’s what Drip uses. Get 10% off with this special link.

Articles for this week
Quora Marketing: How Can You Use It For Business? — Medium
How to Steal Your Competition's Backlinks and Outrank Them on Google -
Brandon Landis Head of Growth at Responster - Startup - Interviews
Why Venture Capital Wasn't Right For Me And 15 Alternative Funding Sources | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
24 Experts Reveal Their Top Resources for Startups
A Guide to SEM for Startups | Growth Pilots
The #1 way to accelerate your growth rate (plus three ways to apply it) - Get Elevation
How We Used Our Content Growth Model To Boost Blog Traffic By 95% in One Month - Grow and Convert
The Complete Guide to Building a Huge Email List: How We Added 56,000 Subscribers in 30 Days - Foundr
That's it for this issue
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- Stuart
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